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One in four couples have admitted to sharing each other's underwear...this is VERY questionable, you guys!
According to a study commissioned by End of Tenancy Cleaning London, some couples revealed they often crossed hygiene boundaries, including sharing cutlery, towels and a toothbrush, despite the risk of passing on germs to their partner.
We can deal with cutlery, but TOOTHBRUSHES? Ew.
The study asked 4,330 couples to reveal all on their hygiene habits and some admitted to making surprising choices.
Perhaps the most shocking admission - made by 27 per cent of couples surveyed - was sharing each other's underwear.
The quite-frankly-rank habit was made even worse by the fact that sharing underwear or clothes with your partner can expose you to some nasty bacteria which can trespass through your skin.
Topping the list of habits that couples admitted to doing was sharing cutlery - a pretty standard habit, which 86 per of couples said they had done.
Sharing lip balm came in second, with 81 per cent of couples admitting to doing this.
Both sounded fine to us at first. That is, until we read that lip balms are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and can increase the risk of catching infections such as cold sores.
Sharing towels with each other, as well as sharing tweezers, were also common hygiene habits among couples.
While towels can increase infections such as conjunctivitis, tweezers can pick up microscopic bits of blood, opening up both partners to the potential of catching blood-borne infections.
And sharing a razor with your other half is also a no-no. Razors can also pick up bits of blood, which can lead to bacterial and viral infections.
Other gross habits to make the list included sharing bars of soap, deodorant and your partner's unwashed clothes. Meanwhile 39 per cent of participants admitted to sharing a toothbrush with their other half.
Over three-quarters of couples quizzed admitted they hadn't considered the risks of sharing personal items with their partner.
Participants were then told of the risks of sharing personal items and clothing and asked if they would continue to use said items, to which 68 per cent of people admitted they would.
Now that IS gross!
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